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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Mar 3, 2009 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

Family Dog at the Great Highway was a small - medium size venue.

It was long and narrow. It had picture view windows on the entrance (street) side, also a small cafe on the entrance side.

There was a small courtyard with windows on the side opposite to the entrance. Me and a friend tried to sneak in one time from the courtyard, and got as far as the locked glass door outside the hall, before the guard gestured for us to climb back over the fence the way we came.

I went to at least two shows there. Carried Country Joe's kazoo in through the stage entrance door and got in free that time. Don't recall anything about that show.
Someone was rollerskating on the dance floor, I remember that.

The place was really relaxed, the times I went it wasn't crowded, and there was enough room on the floor that one time I stretched out on the middle of the floor not far from the stage and slept during most of Sopwith Camel's set.

"Hello, Hello" was playing when I woke up.

Sopwith's mellow set was followed by a high energy performance by The Flamin Groovies, which had me jumpin' up and down.
That was one of my favorite shows that I went to in the early '70s.

Here's my article about Playland on the Great Highway
(right next to The Family Dog venue).

http://www.laffinthedark.com/articles/pacific/pacific.htm

The late '50s noir movie "The Lineup" features some scenes of Sutro's Museum which used to be next to the Cliff House, up the hill from the Family Dog and Playland.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) shows The Lineup - not yet on dvd, watch for it.

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